Welcome to the East Central Ohio Pilots Association

The East Central Ohio Pilots Association is one of the most established pilot groups in the nation serving our regional aviation community.  Organized in 1962, the purpose of the Association is to promote General Aviation and voice an opinion on Government Legislation, Rules and Regulations that affect General Aviation.  An active history includes coordinating educational events, hosting social activities, civic involvement, and providing flight scholarship funding.  The Organization also provides Social and Recreational Activities for Members and Friends.  Membership is comprised of both active and retired, private and commercial pilots, and others involved in aviation.

Our associated entity, the ECOPA Education & Safety Foundation, is recognized as a 501 c3 not for profit corporation.


Rootin’ Tootin’ Hoedown at AKR Saturday, October 1st

You and your pilot (and non-pilot) friends are invited to an aviation party of epic proportion!  Enjoy live foot-stomping country/bluegrass music and a good old-fashioned square dance by a professional caller.  Between dances there will be some easy line dancing lessons. Experience NOT necessary. It’s easy: 1) The caller tells you what to do. 2) You forget because you weren’t really listening. 3) You bump into people. 4) You have another beer. Dozens do this simultaneously. Join the action or just sit back, watch, and listen. The band is FAN-TAS-TIC! We will be serving steak and chicken and a couple of sides but we’d love if you brought a side to share (appetizer, side, salad, dessert, booze, whatever!) Dinner and bar start at 5:30 and the hootin’ and hollerin’ starts at 5:45! This hoedown is free for ECOPA members and only $12 for non-ECOPA-members. Please click HERE for eventbrite, or email rsvp.ecopa@gmail.com to rsvp so we can get a head count for food. Dig out your cowboy hat and boots, saddle up your horse, plane, iron pony, go-kart – just get here and be ready to... read more

Sunday Fly-outs! October 2nd 4G7 Fairmont, WV!

This Sunday Oct 2nd, fly-out to Fairmont, WV (4G7)!  Be there at 10 AM. Eat at DJ’s 50s/60s diner (0.3 mile from airport).  Message us on Facebook if you’re looking for a seat or have an open seat to spare. Check the ECOPA Facebook page for updates.   SUNDAY FLY-OUTS! Join your ECOPA friends the first Sunday of every month for our First Sunday Fly-outs to fun destinations!  Let’s take advantage of the last few Sundays of the summer and fall and get as many planes participating in the fly-outs as we can!  Some of our past destinations include Port Clinton OH, Franklin PA, and Swank Field in Butler OH.  We have some fun ones coming up so join our Facebook group to stay updated with the destinations and times!... read more

Sporty’s iPad Seminar “10 Tips Every iPad Pilot Should Know” Saturday, September 24th

We will be flying to Sporty’s in Batavia, OH this Saturday, September 24th for their iPad Seminar “10 Tips Every iPad Pilot Should Know.”  The seminar starts at 11am.  Message our Facebook group to find or share a seat to fly there! The iPad has quickly become required equipment for many pilots and there’s no question it has increased safety and reduced the costs associated with flying. 10 Tips Every iPad Pilot Should Know will include a series of insightful recommendations, strategies and other insight that pilots of all experience levels should know when flying with the iPad. Presented by Sporty’s Academy Senior Instructor and Editor, iPad Pilot News, Bret Koebbe. Registration not required, but encouraged at FAASafey.gov Click HERE to visit Sporty’s website for more information on this... read more

Don’t forget to use your PilotPerks discount at local businesses to receive your discount! Show the participating business your ECOPA membership card to receive your discount! Click HERE for program details and participating businesses!

38D Grille

Aero Pro Avionics

American Winds


Carroll County Airport Restaurant

Castle Aircraft Maintenance

Crossroads Cafe

Eagle Flight Simulation

JB Chops

Premier Flight Academy @ 3G3

Steiner Aviation

Tin Goose Diner

The Whiffletree Restaurant

Whiskey Ranch




Congratulations John Malene!

Congratulations to John Malene, winner of ECOPA’s Meritorious Service Award!  For several decades, John has contributed so much to aviation in the Akron area and is the epitome of what this award is all about!  John has been awarded both the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award and the Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award.  Thank you John for all you do and... read more

2015 Scholarship Award Winners

The 2015 ECOPA Scholarship winners are Willis Elkins, Jack Backhurst, Brett Fish, and Karis Bolden.  Congratulations to these four outstanding young future pilots!  We look forward to watching you achieve your aviation dreams! read more

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